Areas of Primary Care

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At Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG), our four areas of primary care include family medicine, geriatric medicine, internal medicine, and pediatric medicine. Learn more about TPMG primary care.

Family Medicine

Family medicine is a medical field devoted to the treatment of people of all ages. Family medicine physicians perform preventative care, screenings, immunizations, and routine checkups. They also treat most acute and chronic conditions, including asthma, influenza, diabetes, hypertension, and stroke.

Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric medicine is a medical field devoted to the treatment of elderly adults. Geriatric medicine specialists guide patients in their age transitions, maintain body functions, and diagnose and treat patients with medical issues. Specialists often treat dementia, glaucoma, and urinary incontinence, among other conditions.

Internal Medicine

Internal medicine is a field of medicine devoted to the treatment of adults. Internists provide a wide range of care, from routine checkups to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of complex illnesses and conditions. They often treat diabetes, respiratory disease, and neurological disorders. Because internists do not perform surgery, patients are referred to specialists if necessary.

Pediatric Medicine

Pediatric Medicine is the field of medicine devoted to the treatment of children from birth to adulthood. Pediatricians provide education on growth and development, maintain emotional and social health, perform routine checkups and vaccinations, and encourage positive lifestyle choices. They also treat acute and chronic illnesses such as asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and eczema.

Commonly Asked Question:

What is the difference between internal medicine and family medicine?

While family physicians treat all age groups, internal medicine physicians or internists primarily treat adults. Each specialty also has unique training requirements.

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